Virus vaccination rates continue to plateau in ND

BISMARCK (AP) — The month of May continues to be a slow one for increasing the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations, according to state figures.

The North Dakota Department of Health update released over the weekend shows that 48.5% of residents have received at least their first dose of vaccine, which is roughly the same percentage from a week ago. It has increased by fewer than 2 percentage points for the month.

Health officials say 289,745 people in the state have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 268,060 people, or 44.9% of the population, have completed the required series of shots.

The COVID Tracking Project reports there were more than 147 new virus cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks 17th in the country for new cases per capita. One in every 1,523 people in the state tested positive in the past week.

North Dakota ranks 13th highest per capita in the number of deaths at about 202 fatalities per 100,000 people, according to project researchers.